I've talked about face masks quite a bit on the blog, for the reason that they are one of my favourite skincare products. A good clay mask will produce visible results fairly quickly and is especially effective for those prone to blemishes and congestion.

May Lindstrom's products have cult-status across the globe, and the Problem Solver Mask is no exception. Aside from being highly potent, effective skincare, each product brings with it a ritual of self-love and is a thoroughly indulgent experience.

The Problem Solver Mask is a powder-to-mousse formula. The reason May Lindstrom opted for powder (rather than a pre-mixed mask) is so that each and every ingredient remains as potent & fresh as possible. This mask bubbles and froths, expanding into a fluffy mousse as you add water — always a fun experience!

With antioxidant-rich raw cacao, activated bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts and exotic spices, this intensive treatment masque effectively purifies and tightens pores, bringing warmth and detoxification to the skin with delightful ease and power.
The May Lindstrom Skin Problem Solver Mask is highly active and potent, with a warming and slightly tingling sensation. If you haven't used a clay mask before (or in a while), you will always see flushing of the skin after you've removed the mask, so don't be alarmed if your skin is quite warm and red. As long as you don't experience any sensitivity or discomfort, this is perfectly normal, as the mask brings blood flow to the surface of the skin, creating that warmth and flushed appearance. 

As I use a mask 1-2x weekly, I hardly ever see any flushing any more — something I notice is only evident if my skin is quite congested or in areas of congestion. If you use a clay mask weekly for a month you should notice the redness is less apparent each time. My skin is not reactive, but I would say it is on the sensitive side (it's always been fussy with cleansers in particular). I don't have any issues with this mask at all — although I do recommend you patch-test it first, or mix it half-and-half with another clay mask if you find it too much on it's own.

Results of The Problem Solver

I've been using this weekly for about 6mths now (yes, I'm still on the one jar — it's seriously huge!) and I absolutely love it. Previously my weekly mask was The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow, which I still love, but when my skin feels like it really needs a reset, The Problem Solver is a dream.

This mask is particularly effective on those pesky hormonal blemishes (you know the mountains that pop up overnight somewhere conspicuous like the chin or jawline) and clearing out congestion. My skin always feels SO smooth the day after, is clearer with regular use and also helps reduce or sometimes even prevent (if you apply it as soon as you feel one coming on) blemishes from forming. You can even use it as a spot treatment if you don't want to do a whole mask, and just apply it to any blemishes you have. 

I also love how it gets the circulation going in the skin — it's like having a weekly facial! I leave it on my skin for 45mins or until fully dry as per the instructions. I like to thoroughly massage the skin as I remove a mask, so I always do it in the shower, which I'd recommend with this mask regardless, as it can be quite messy over a sink. 

Overall + Where to Buy

I love this mask, and will probably repurchase it when it's finished. I know the price tag can be inhibitive to some, but compare the size (250ml) to many other masks on the market, which are around $65-$80 for 100ml. I've also found this to be one of the most effective detox masks I've used.

I purchased it in Australia from Beautiful Because (free shipping), and you can get in the USA from Integrity Botanicals (free shipping in the USA).

I'd love to know if you've tried this face mask, or any of May Lindstrom's other products, and what you think of them?

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